May 15, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Alejandro Escudé



Fancy Bear



we sit in quiet cafes our laptops gravestones


zeroes and ones a fiberoptic rope


to hang us on the shores of Styx



every college degree a spelling degree


every affordable car a lemon with another logo


a digital box to type in one’s password


because you can’t be sure what was released



into the world’s mesh on camera you see the woman


step up to the dock’s edge you hear the gun-toting teen


call the police to report a gun and the Russians



you know they listen and we can all sense


the death of politics the way it sneers


too far left or right how there’s no way



to write the word internet without sounding ancient


but it’s too late to learn Python Java or Go


to pursue Fancy Bear with its red candy suit



and its viral songs electric claws ready


to bite into your chest bash your skull in







Alejandro Escudé

Alejandro Escudé

Alejandro Escudé’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches English. Originally from Argentina, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.


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